This command is used to do low level copying of data.

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Deleted MBR on virtual machine on purpose, but entries are preserved

I'm playing with Master boot record. I decided to delete and restore it on my vmware machine. With Ubuntu LiveCD I'm trying to erase partition entries and signature with command: dd if=/dev/zero ...
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Cloning LVM partitions

I need to clone a CentOS installation from a 1TB disk partitioned with LVM, to several identical machines. The disk is mostly empty since only the operating system and some software are installed and ...
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Clone with dd, backup with dump? [closed]

I plan to clone my disk (machine : linux mint raspberry-like). Is it possible with dump ?how is managed the boot partitions ? Actually, I plan both to backup my prototype (mint), then clone it all to ...
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Wipe is very slow. Too little entropy?

I have to hand off a Laptop including its hard disc. Since it was not encrypted I wanted to wipe it at least quickly. I know this is not optimal on SSD, but I thought better than just plain readable. ...
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dd from /dev/zero to /dev/sda does not overwrite the whole disk [migrated]

I issued dd command to zero out my hard disk. The command completed successfully but only part of the hard drive was overwritten: mint@mint ~ $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda dd: writing to ...
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Slow IO Performance with PERC H700/710 with current linux distributions

we noticed really bad write performance, on our new Dell R720 with Perc 710. Especially when it come to writing a lot of small files. The funny thing is that this bad performance only occurs on newer ...
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On a system with 64GB mem the Linux Buffer run full while copying with dd to dev null and io stops till manual drop_caches

I am running a server with linux software raid 10. It is a dual CPU system with 64GB Ram. 2x16GB dimms related to each of the CPUs. I want to use dd to backup kvm virtual machines and run into a ...
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Best way to clone a Linux system

I've just finished setting up a Debian system running on an embedded device. It has custom partitioning, numerous config file changes, web content, and a couple of applications compiled from source. ...
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ddrescue — which files are in error locations?

I had a HDD crash and had to use ddrescue to restore it. It took a month, but it finally finished today. However, there were three errors that it could not read. Is there a way to find out which files ...
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Remote bash script execution via ssh causes local script to stop

I have a setup which behaves in a way i cannot get my head around. So I have a local bash script generateTrafficOnHosts.sh which reads IP addresses from a file. It then calls a bash script ...
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Create a VHD file from a Linux disk

I have a disk containing CentOS 5.8 that was removed from a dead box. I would like to make a VHD file from this disk so I can run a virtual machine (instead of a new physical machine). The Virtual ...
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Does filling up disk with dd removes files securely?

I want to remove my files securely without worrying about anyone restoring them, I know I can use shred but it takes too long even with -n 1 so I thought maybe if I remove files and write on the disk ...
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Moving a Logical Volume directly from one server to another over the network?

I have a KVM host machine with several VMs on it. Each VM uses a Logical Volume on the host. I need to copy the LVs to another host machine. Normally, I would use something like: dd ...
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fio on virtual disk created with dd to stress disk

I am trying to create a script for my coworkers to use in the field that will stress the internal disks to a Linux server. I plan to put some logic in for finding the /dev/sd's available and such. But ...
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How to mount dd image of digital ocean?

I have created a dd image of /dev/vda using the following command: ssh root@1.2.3.4 "dd if=/dev/vda" | dd of=/home/backup/vda.img and I can't mount it on my local Ubuntu server where I ...
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Linux dd: Is there a way to redirect its output for monitoring?

Sometime the servers in my workplace experience some weird behavior, it happens in random physical racks around different DC's around the world. It seems like there's a networking bandwidth issues ...
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How can I resume a dd operation after a “error writing in file” status?

This command produced the error mentioned above after 9 h (preparing a 2 TB hdd for encryption): time openssl enc -aes-256-ctr -pass pass:"$(dd if=/dev/urandom \ bs=128 count=1 2>/dev/null | ...
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Best way to copy large amount of data between partitions

I'm looking to transfer data across 2 lv of an HP-UX server. I have a couple of those transfers to do, some of which are mostly binary (Oracle tablespace...) and some others are more text files ...
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Does the “bs” option in “dd” really improve the speed?

Every now and then, I'm told that to increase the speed of a "dd" I should carefully choose a proper "block size". Even here, on ServerFault, someone else wrote that "...the optimum block size is ...
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dd on entire disk, but do not want empty portion

I have a disk, say /dev/sda. Here is fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sda: 64.0 GB, 64023257088 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7783 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size ...
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/dev/zero equivalent in windows?

I am trying to use the windows version of dd to copy a RHEL iso to a USB stick. However, I wanted to zero out the drive first to ensure there is no filesystem on it before writing it out. Is there an ...
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Is it possible to restore disk image to a different size hard disk

recently I made a backup 120 GB disk image using dd: dd if=/dev/sda of=backup.img Now I have a new 320 GB hard disk and want to restore that backup image to that new disk. Will running dd ...
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Simple scheme for backup virtual machine, which drawback of simple DD?

We've been struggling to create the consistent scheme for backup of KVM virtual machines under Proxmox control and Ceph as storage, but still quite often during the vzdump with a snapshot the virtual ...
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Raw copy with sector precision on windows

Is there some program for windows that is able to do what dd does in linux out of the box? I need to copy from a file to a physical disk in raw mode where I need to define offsets for input and ...
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How to clone a RAID5 system

I clone single disk systems by booting the master system to a CD and running… dd if=/dev/sda | gzip - | ssh user@hostname dd of=image.gz Then I boot the target system with the CD and run… ssh ...
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Using DD for disk cloning

There's been a number of questions regarding disk cloning tools and dd has been suggested at least once. I've already considered using dd myself, mainly because ease of use, and that it's readily ...
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How to set up disk cloning with dd, netcat and ssh tunnel?

I would like to copy stuff in bulk (reimage disk using dd) with netcat from host A to B via ssh encrypted channel on Linux. What commands should I type on both ends?
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Disk image growing in size [closed]

I am trying to set up Rasberry pi for jobs that don't deserve bigger machine. I downloaded a Pidora disk image (.img) zipped it is roughly 512MB. After unzipping it is 2.2GB ( no problem here). ...
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HHD cloning with dd on running server

Is it possible to clone HDD with dd command on linux while server is up and running. Server running, Apache, MySql, NGINX. I ask this coz won't have downtime.
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When copying VM filesystem over netcat, dd copies double the disk size

I'm attempting to copy the disk of a working headless virtualbox VM (VM1) on one server to a new VM (VM2) on a vCloud server. I don't have access to the host of VM2. The OS is Windows Server 2003 ...
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Cloning a bitlocker encrypted disk

Our company's had its laptops for just over 2 years now and they have all become slow and many of them have had their harddisks dying randomly lately. I noticed that many of my colleagues use a tilted ...
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Fixing partition table after writing 0s to beginning

I have a sw raid10 setup like: /dev/sdX > partition /dev/sdX1 > raid md0 > lvm > fs. I'm an idiot, and wrote 4gb of 0s to /dev/md0 with dd dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/md0 bs=4k count=1000000 ...
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Using dd for backup with a single disk

I have a RHEL5 Amazon cloud instance that I need to image to another instance in order to setup a test environment for some upcoming patching I'm doing. The server to be imaged is a production server. ...
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dd or cat - overload when read /dev/zero

I need reclamation thin disk, so Im trying fill zero on vhdd. But when I run it, so server is overload with 20k IOPS and full satured SAN network. Can you help me how I can slow b/w for this? E.g ...
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cloning with dd - is non-partitioned space considered the same as empty space within filesystem for resulting image size?

note: all = all that i've found all the "cloning with dd" information talks about how dd copies all the "empty space", but literally all writings seem to be responding to a situation where ...
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Anyone tried dd'ing Raidmembers?

I want replace all disks in a 10 disk raid6 (linux software raid). I could do this by pulling a disk, let the array rebuild, rinse, repeat. But this would take a very long time, and cause 10 ...
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Large write with dd fail on RAID-5

I have a server with a RAID controller which connects to a JBOD over SAS. JBOD is populated with 16 SAS-HDDs of 3TB (8 of one make and 8 of other, same rpm). I have configured 3 logical drives with ...
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Linux page cache slows down IO on dual cpu server with 64GB ram

I have a massive problem with the linux page cache which slows down the IO. For instance if I copy a lvm partition with dd, linux cache the data in the buffers or caches (free –m). That is not the ...
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handle multiple calls of rsync, dd and snapshot

The server runs the following operations often. It takes a snapshot of a logical volume, then backup up the content to the remote backup server. It is possible that multiple backups and transfer ...
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dd command piped over gzip and ssh faster and faster as dd progresses

I am running the following command to copy a LVM from one host to another: dd if=/dev/vg_1/lv1 conv=noerror,sync bs=4M | gzip | ssh user@ip 'gzip -d | dd of=/dev/vg_2/lv1 bs=4M' To begin with I was ...
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dd output file larger than input file when executed with conv=noerror,sync

I am trying to backup an LVM on one of my servers with the following command: dd bs=4M conv=noerror,sync if=/dev/vg_volgroup/LvmName | ssh myuer@myip "dd of=/home/myuser/LvmName bs=4M ...
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dd unable to write to tape drive

I'm trying to dump our online backups to tape; for obvious reasons I want to encrypt the data on the tapes, so to write to the tape I need to tar everything up, pipe that to openssl to encrypt it, ...
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How to restore a dd image to an EBS volume

I have a local dd image myimage.bin, which I want to use to create an AWS EBS volume. The only way I can figure out how to do this is to, 1) Launch an AWS instance 2) Create and attach an EBS ...
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Does 'lvremove' destroy data?

I assign a LV for each vm guest. When deleting a vm, I remove the corresponding lv running 'lvremove'. But is it necessary to destroy the data before running 'lvremove'? Does lvremove do the work of ...
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DD over SSH from Server to Server

Is it possible to DD one server to another? Maybe through SSH? I've looked around and I have seen examples of DD using SSH from local to server and vice versa, but is it possible to do it from server ...
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Why does dd show slow disk speed first time?

I'm checking the disk speed of a hdd on CentOS 6 using dd command. The setup is a DRBD setup - with this server being primary. To ensure that I get correct values, I execute the dd command 3 times ...
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rsync, dd and then add to RAID 1, could cause database corrupted?

Firstly I have a HDD which has been setup as RAID, type Volume, not RAID 0 or RAID 1 ... and I wanna add one more HDD to setup a RAID 1 array. These bellow steps are what I've done. Detach from ...
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LVM: Using an image of a PV?

I have a logical volume spanning several drives. One of those drives (3TB, the largest of the bunch) is dying, and I am currently making an image of it (via ddrescue). I'm not yet sure on how to use ...
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Correct way to copy vm disk

I have a VM’s disk to copy from one host to another for live migration. I can think of two ways to copy the VM’s disk. Do a snapshot of the Logical Volume in the original host, create a Logical ...
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Use dd or redirection to write to tape?

My Googling for writing to tapes with encryption have turned up various results. Most along the lines of piping tar to openssl similar to: tar cf - /home | openssl des3 -salt -k "Your-Password-Here" ...